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Depending on where a person lives and who you may ask about how hard a winter it's been so far you will get different versions as for me it's been so much better than last year . A lot less snow, barely any frigid temps and alot of above 0 temps, we have some weather coming in this wk but we're on a down hill slide towards Spring. Quitting smoking is different for everyone as well but the one thing we all have in common is we can quit and remain quit because it's very doable and absolutely necessary to protect our health, I know too many people that has died from smoking related illnesses and another friends husband right now is dying from cancer and is still smoking but only has a few months at best, she also is still smoking and is on oxygen and her health is so bad. We all know people who have passed away and know that they might still be here if only they quit, we can't do anything about anyone else but we can take hold of our own lives and quit smoking, no matter how difficult it is in the first few weeks, know in your heart and soul that it's going to get easier and anything worth having takes time , choose life, stay strong, be willing, determined and totally committed to quitting and you can and will succeed. 

Marilyn 595 DOF and counting 

Let's enjoy another beautiful smoke free day, I find since quitting smoking 594 splendiferous days ago that I don't need an hour and a half or sometimes two hours to get woke up and start the day, I noticed that around the six month mark that I could start the day on half a cup of coffee instead of three or four and five possible six smokes and still feel foggy. Plus I would be outside, no matter what the weather was, snow, rain, freezing rain ,strong gusty winds, I know most all of you my fellow Exers did EXactly the same thing but yay for us because we finally wised up and tossed out the yakies and took our lives back. Quitting smoking is so very doable, definitely not easy but anything worth having in our lives isn't easy by no means but if we want it bad enough we can have it and quitting smoking should be our top priority because it can and will give us a much better quality of living and our health, family, friends and even our wallets will thank us for kicking the disgusting nicotine poison to the curb, so let's keep on stacking up our precious days of freedom. 

Marilyn 

I wish everyone a wonderful day and of course another smoke free one. Living life without being a slave to the nicotine poison is pretty darned good, no that's not true it's super fantastic once I got through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings and started to relearn life without the crutch of cigarettes which certainly took awhile because I smoked for 40 yrs but all I can say is once I realized that hey this is great, no matter what is happening in life  I don't have to smoke, wow I have a choice whether to deal with a situation with a cancer stick or or on my own terms, smoking kills and life without the nicotine poison is the only life worth living. Being 100 % willing, committed and determined will give us a wonderful life of freedom. 

Marilyn 593 DOF and counting 

I hope everyone that is considering quitting smoking, will  please do so. This site has a wealth of information to help you quit and to remain quit and if anyone is struggling with craves and roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings, please go to jonescarps aka dales page concerning the first 4 months of a quit, I read Dales page 4 or maybe even 5 times in the first few months of my quit and each time  it got me through some hair pulling tough times that if I hadn't went to his page, I don't know if I would be here but thankfully, I was and still am totally committed to living a smoke free life, plus the night before quitting I promised myself that I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises to anyone including myself so therefore I knew that I was going to succeed no matter what and here I am celebrating 592 splendiferous DOF and heading straight for the 600 mark, if I can do it after 40 yrs of smoking, plus there's people here that's smoked 50 yrs and now are enjoying their forever quits, just like me and so can you. There's life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic, hang tough and read everything you can about quitting and remaining quit, we must always remain vigilant and protect our beautiful quits while enjoying our new found freedom. 

Marilyn 

It was an interesting drive this morning with the road conditions, fog and a few claps of thunder and chain lightening but I'm back home and hubbys back to work so all is well in the Maritime provinces, I won't know anything about the CT scan for a wk or two but whatever the problem, I'm sure it's fixable and certainly not worth smoking over, nothing is worth smoking over because life is way too short to knowingly continue to smoke and slowly kill ourselves breathing is essential to our quality of living and I for one do not want anyone of us stuck to an oxygen machine, so let's always remain vigilant and protect our precious quits. 

Marilyn 591 DOF 

It's raining this morning after freezing rain a huge chunk of the night, schools are canceled. It snowed all day yesterday before the change over  oh well at least it's mild. I have an appointment at the hospital at 10 o'clock luckily my husband is taking me it's a half hour from here and I don't like driving in this type of weather anymore, I'm having an abdominal CT scan done I had to drink some Gastrographin stuff in juice last night and the rest this morning. Anyway there's over 2500 people in my area of Carleton County with no power but so far I'm one of the lucky ones and we might have some thunderstorms as well. I better get ready to go but I wanted to touch base with you my fellow Exers, let's enjoy another beautiful smoke free day, no matter the weather or anything else that's happening in our lives we must remain steadfast in our quits. 

Marilyn 591 DOF and counting 

Let's enjoy another smoke free Hump Day my fellow Exers, quitting smoking and remaining quit is absolutely vital to our health, continuing to smoke will literally take our breath away so we end up on an oxygen machine which is no life at all . Life is way too short to knowingly do something that we know is slowly killing ourselves  take your life back and get to that good place in your quit so you can reap the benefits of an Ex smoker because there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings, stay strong .

Marilyn 590 DOF and counting 

Take the " try-angle " and turn it into a " do-angle" because if we put 100 % of ourselves into whatever we are trying to do especially like trying to quit smoking then we can and will succeed because quitting smoking is absolutely doable, difficult to say the least but definitely doable and remaining quit is also 100 % doable. Please be aware of your emotions and triggers, if you are new here or having a rough time, be sure and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied, distract yourself with anything you can think of but remember that smoking is not the answer, we must protect our quits with our lives because our lives depends on remaining smoke free. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever - N.E.F - Never Ever Forget - because it's important to always remember those first few weeks of our quits - S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option. Stay strong and hang tough, stay close to this site and believe that you can and will succeed in your quit and you will. 

Marilyn 589 DOF and counting

Good morning everyone, to the folks that may be checking out this site and considering quitting or if you have quit and are struggling it's going to get easier but you must believe in yourself and know that you can quit smoking and remain quit, it's not easy but anything worth having isn't easy and I believe that quitting smoking and remaining quit is absolutely vital to our health and quality of living  smoking kills and I know it first hand as  I'm sure many of you do as well and I do not want to die a slow agonizing death that's smoking related. I pray that I quit smoking in time, I do have mild copd which is connected to 40 yrs of smoking but when I found that out, I knew I had to quit so I found this site and all of you wonderful people and have 588 precious smoke free days and counting, there's absolutely life after cigarettes and if you want to quit smoking bad enough grab on to that and read everything you can about this addiction and decide to take back your life because life is so much better without the crutch of smoking and each day you get through is another day WON. 

Marilyn 

Good morning my fellow Exers, I'm late getting around again this morning, I have to get ready and pick up the oldest grandson Adam at 9 o'clock so if you're having a rough time with your quit, please stay strong and take a deep breath, find something to keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and plow through the day and and this evening when you're getting ready for bed, you can smile and say another day WON. You can succeed. 

Marilyn 587 DOF and counting 

I've been up since 7 am but hubby and I got talking about the American Election coming up in November and then he cooked our breakfast and headed off to the grocery store and I just finished the dishes so I'm quite late getting on site. It's snowing out right now but it's supposed to switch over to rain this afternoon, it's 32 ° F or 0 on the celius scale  . Let's enjoy another smoke free day while remaining vigilant and protecting our precious quits .

Marilyn 586 DOF and counting 

Let's enjoy another smoke free day, if you're new here and are going through some horrendous cravings and just read the word enjoy, you probably think that I am nuts but stick with your quit and give yourself the time needed so you can be the person saying to enjoy the day because the longer you remain quit the easier each day gets and the Freedom is out of this world wonderful. I have 585 days quit and am still counting, I remember only too well the first few weeks and I pray that I always will remember because I enjoy being an Ex Smoker while remaining vigilant and protecting my freedom, I never want to become complacent and lazy and take my hard earned quit for granted because it's my presious forever quit. N.O.P.E - means Not One Puff Ever - N.E.F, Never Ever Forget the first few weeks of your quit both of these mantras will give you a beautiful forever quit because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option so I hope everyone enjoys this wonderful day. 

Marilyn 

Anyone waking up this morning that may be feeling anxious about your quit, chin up and figure out what distraction will work for you to plow through the day and this evening when you are getting ready for bed, you can take a deep breath and know that you WON the day. Quitting smoking in the first few weeks is definitely a roller coaster of ups and downs of mood swings but once you get through the rough patches, then it's relearning how to deal with lifes emotions without the crutch of cigarettes, this definitely takes time too but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it . Many of us Exers smoked for many decades, every aspect of our lives whether we were happy, sad, angry or if the telephone rang we grabbed a cigarette, going for a drive, we'd make sure that we had the smokes, so it stands to reason that it's going to take some time to relearn different ways of handling situations without the you know what!!!!! - - I smoked for 40 yrs and in the beginning of my quit I didn't know if I could succeed but I promised myself the night before quitting smoking that no matter what I would never pick up another cigarette as long as I live, so I got through each day at times, I made it through by the minute but I got through by keeping my mind as well as my hands occupied and you can too. I wanted my quit more than anything else in the world, I was willing, determined and totally committed and here I am on my 584th day and counting, I will never ever, ever take my quit for granted but will always remain vigilant while enjoying my freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison. Stay strong and stay close to this site because we're all here for you, read everything you can about quitting because there's a wealth of information here for you, believe me when I say there's definitely life after cigarettes and it's super fantastic! 

Marilyn 

I hope if anyone is in the background reading the blogs and comments and trying to decide whether to quit smoking or not, please take the plunge, you can do it. Let us know that you are here because we're all here for you and there's a wealth of information about quitting smoking and remaining quit that will help make your quit journey a little easier and to anyone struggling, stay strong and believe you can continue on and you will. Keep plowing forward because there's nothing worth going backwards to by relapsing other than smoking related illness or worse, stay strong and stay the course. Give yourself the time needed to get to a good place in your quit, there's absolutely life after cigarettes and it's great but stick to your quit and prove it to yourself or if you haven't quit yet, now is the time to do so. Trust that you can, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you will, N.O.P.E - NOT One Puff Ever - will give you a beautiful smoke free life 

Marilyn 583 DOF and counting 

Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

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Posted by Marilyn.H.July.14.14. Feb 16, 2016

It's going to be an interesting weather day today, all schools are closed with lots of other cancelations as well. It's snowed about 4 inches so far but it's supposed to switch to a long duration of freezing rain later on this morning then to rain overnight into tommorrow then a hard freeze with lots of wind. Over the wk end our temps got down to - 20 ° F, today we may reach up to the high 30's or low 40's, that's quite a change. Anyway on a bright note two weeks from today is March 1st, yay. For anyone else that's got this weather happening, stay warm and stay safe. Spring will be here soon enough. I am so thankful that I quit smoking 582 wonderful days ago because I don't have to stand outside anymore in the snow, freezing rain or the rain and wind to try and suck on a killer cigarette , please keep moving forward in your precious quits and once you get through the rough patches, life will be so much better but you need to go through whatever cravings and urges first and relearn different ways of handling situations without the cigarettes . It takes some time to relearn life without the crutch of smoking but stick with your quit and one day soon you will realize how much better life is. ☺

Marilyn 

I can't think of a blessed thing to say this morning other than let's remain vigilant in our quits, protecting it with our lives because we know that smoking kills and quitting can save us from dying a slow painful death , so to the new folks here or for anyone struggling with quitting, there's people on this site that's smoked for over 50 yrs that have quit and are enjoying their lives, I smoked for 40 yrs and now have 19 months in. Be willing, determined and totally committed to take your life back and rid yourself from the dreaded nicotine poison. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult to say the least but it's absolutely doable, believe in yourself, you can and will succeed, take your life back now while you can before a smoking related illness sets in.There's life after cigarettes, stick with your quit, hang on tight and get through the roller coaster ups and downs to a much healthier lifestyle. 

Marilyn 581 DOF and counting 

Mason has already had his breakfast this morning which was his favorite, a grilled cheese sandwich on homemade bread as long as he eats, I'm happy. My husband Mark is cooking our breakfast which he does each wk end. Today is my 5 yr anniversary since quitting drinking which thank goodness I did because I had stomach ulcers and gave myself an alcohol induced heart attack before I finally wised up and quit drinking. It wasn't easy but so worth it and 19 splendiferous months ago today I finally quit smoking after finding out I have copd which again that scared me into smartening up and taking my life back before it was too late and I did irreversible damage, quitting both was a hair pulling, mood swing, roller coaster EXperience but was definitely doable and absolutely worth it all because my family, grandchildren, like my little almost 7 yr old Mason are quite happy that I am around to spoil them rotton because that's what us grandparents do,hee, hee. Have a wonderful Valentines Day my fellow Exers even if you haven't got a significant other, treat yourself to a special Valentine because you are the best of the best, stay strong and remain vigilant today while enjoying another day WON.♡ 

Marilyn 580 DOF and counting ♡

We got our grandson Mason around noon today and he is all bathed up and has his teeth brushed and it's just about bedtime for him and me too I think and it's barely 9 o'clock I am very tired but it's a good tired. I hope everyone had a wonderful day today and will enjoy a good nights sleep tonight.

Marilyn 

Good morning everyone, I knew yesterday morning when I posted -3 ° F that the rest of this wk end was going to get even colder but it's - 29 on the celius scale and -20 ° F brrrrrrr, which makes me EXtremely thankful that I quit smoking and am not standing outside freezing my butt and fingers off trying to suck on a killer cigarette and nearly hork up a lung .Quitting smoking is the smartest thing that we can do for ourselves EXcept keeping our quits for the rest of our lives, thankfully even though hubby and I smoked, we quit smoking in the house over 12 yrs ago for our non smoking family and friends but mostly for our first grandson that was coming into the world but now my husband and I have both quit and can't imagine ever going back to the slavery so we remain vigilant and will protect our quits because our lives depends on it . 

Marilyn 579 DOF and counting 

I just received an email from our friend Deborah - ((Hamptons)) I hadn't heard from her for about a month so I am very happy to hear from her, she asked me to let all of you know that her quit is strong and she has over 400 DOF, she's had some hard times in her quit but as Deb says she's grown a backbone since quitting and will remain strong, in her last blog here she had some pretty rough tenants living in the same building as her. They have finally been evicted, so her place is a little quieter, Deb said they were smokers as well as heroine addicts but they're gone and hopefully she'll be able to get internet some day soon, so for now she gets to use it at Macdonalds when she can but she wanted you her Ex family to know she's still going strong and misses everyone. 

Marilyn 

Good morning, tonight and throughout the wk end the temps are supposed to get alot colder than -3 for many of us Exers but the good news is that it shouldn't last too long because thankfully Spring is just around the corner and on another positive note, we don't smoke anymore so we don't need to be outside freezing our butts off in the frigid temps sucking on a disgusting cancer stick. For all you new folks here or for anyone struggling with your quit, stay strong, hang tough, be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you will make it through the roller coaster ups and downs of mood swings, life really does get easier as time goes on but as I've said, you don't have to believe me, stick with your quit and you can prove it to yourself. I shorted myself a day yesterday, , I am happy to say that I have 578 DOF and enjoying life as an Exer but we must always remember to remain vigilant and protect our precious quits while enjoying life without the crutch of cigarettes.  

Marilyn 578 

Today is another wonderful day that we've been blessed with and no matter what's going on in our lives, we opened our eyes and crawled out of bed and even if our body parts are hurting or maybe we had a crappy nights sleep and have a splitting headache at least we're alive so we should be thankful for another day and do what we can to make this a great day . I try to look on the positive side even when all I see is a crap load of negatives but if I keep digging, I always find something positive and with quitting smoking in the first few weeks all I could see was the negatives from the withdrawals, cravings, moods all over the place, blatting spells but with all of your help and many of you kept telling me that it was going to get easier and you were so right. I kept plowing forward because I promised myself that I would never ever smoke another cigarette as long as I live and I don't break promises with anyone including myself, quitting smoking is difficult to say the least but it's also very doable, I felt like ripping my hair out of my head at times in the first few weeks, I threw my cordless phone across the room because my sister had me so stressed out, luckily I didn't break it but my point is I didn't smoke because I knew one drag off a cigarette would send me back to the cancer sticks, so no way no how, let's always remain vigilant and protect our beautiful quits, life happens. Just remember smoking literally takes our breath away and will slowly kill us but quitting smoking can give us a much better quality of life. 

Marilyn 576 DOF and counting 

Good morning everyone, I have come to love Nancys camel and I hope she sees my title this fine morning. You know that we all have a choice in most everything we do each day when we open our eyes and crawl out of bed to start the day, alot of us Exers still work so you get ready to do that, for me because of some health issues I retired early but the one thing we all have in common is we have a full day in front of us and we have choices to make throughout the day and the most important choice of each day is wake up and say to yourself that, here's another smoke free day in front of me and at the end of the day smile because it's another precious day WON, quitting smoking is difficult to say the least, I remember how my moods were all over the place and at times didn't think that I could get through another hour let alone another day but I did and if you are having a rough time with your quit, stay strong, hang tough, stay close to this site and most importantly distract yourself with anything you can think of, deep breathe, drink lots of water, know that you can quit, believe in yourself, be willing, determined and totally committed, it's definitely not easy but it's absolutely doable and absolutely worth it, your health, family and wallet will thank you for quitting smoking. We must on a daily basis remember to protect our precious quits while enjoying our new found freedom, life will get easier but it takes some time but you don't have to believe me, stick with your quit and you can prove it for yourself. 

Marilyn 576 DOF and counting 

Good morning, this storm that's hit many of you was only supposed to give my area about 4 inches of the white stuff. It was off to the south of me but decided to give us more snow and gusty winds, pretty much all of NB and NS schools are closed today, oh well it's been a fantastic winter so far and Spring will be here before long . I hope each and everyone of you my fellow Exers will enjoy this day , let's embrace our quits and make sure to protect it on a daily basis, I never want to become complacent and be around a smoker and possibly pick up one of those cancer sticks and stick it in my mouth and light it before realizing what I was doing. That would be the worst possible thing so I always remain vigilant while enjoying my freedom from the yakies. I was overtired last night because I had one of those smokemares the third one for me since quitting, I was lighting one of those cancer sticks when I woke up and realized that it wasn't real but it took me awhile to get back to sleep, whew is all I can say because I am an Exer for the rest of my life with vigilance and continued commitment  .N.O.P.E and N.E.F. 

Marilyn 575 DOF and counting 

Let's keep on keeping on with our splendiferous quits because life without the crutch of cigarettes is 100 % positive, our health, family and wallets are very thankful for the new found freedom of doing whatever we want, whenever we want and however we want and having the EXtra cash in our pockets is an added bonus, life is grand without a cigarette in hand. 

Marilyn 574 DOF 

I've  been writing blogs for over a yr and a half and have never lost them quite like this, where the tag line stays up . I have lost quite a few in the middle of writing them but I finished yesterday and again today and hit publish and wham only the tag line. I've never copied or pasted and maybe I will have to learn how to do it because this is a little frustrating. Anyway if anyone is struggling with craves and withdrawals, hang tough believe that it will get easier but it definitely takes some time to relearn different ways of handling situations without the crutch of cigarettes, many of us Exers has smoked for many, many decades before we wised up and tossed the yakies away so we realize and understand what you are going through but believe me there's life after cigarettes and it's great. Keep plowing forward because every day you get through is another day WON. I was at the bon fire last night for a bit but I think I will venture over again so maybe I will see you there later and we could have a coffee and maybe even some scrumptious dessert which is the best part of a meal in my opinion, I'm just saying! ☺ 

Marilyn 573 DOF and counting 

Let's enjoy another smoke free day, has everyone been to the bon fire and threw in your all of your unsmoked stinkies? -- I will pop in again a little later this morning for brunch because hubby is cooking me breakfast, so maybe I will see you there later. For anybody that may be struggling with cravings and withdrawals, hang in there, because each day you get through is another day WON, it will get easier but it definitely takes some time to get to that good place in your quit. Many of us Exers has smoked for many, many decades before we wised up and tossed the yakies away so we realize and understand what you are going through. Keep plowing forward because there is life after cigarettes and one day before too long you will be reaping the benefits of enjoying your new found freedom, maybe we can get together over a coffee at the bon fire and enjoy some scrumptious dessert which is the best part of any meal in my opinion, I'm just saying! ☺

Marilyn 573 Dof and counting

Good morning, I already wrote a blog and just noticed that only the tag line posted.  Anyway I need to get a few things done before heading out for a 2 hr drive with my 89 yr old Mother in law, 3 sister in laws and oldest brother in law for a baby shower . when I get back I will join all of you for the bon fire, whoopee I love hanging out with friends and playing in the fire and of course I will throw all of my unsmoked yakies into the flames . Stay strong if you are having a rough time, be willing, determined and totally committed to quitting smoking and you can and will succeed. The first few weeks are the toughest but stick with it and get through the roller coaster ups and downs and each day you get through is another day WON and it will get easier but it takes some time to get to a good place in your quit. 

Marilyn 572 DOF and counting 

I am off at noon today with my 89 yr old Mother in law, 3 sister in laws and oldest brother in law for a 2 hr drive for a baby shower at least the snow has stopped and the sun is shining at 4° F. It's a great day for a drive , I believe there's a bon fire going on later on today, yay that's going to be so much fun seeing you my fellow Exers there. Let's have a blast and get ready to toss our unsmoked yakies into the fire, did I mention I love fire? Willingness to quit is needed to succeed along with commitment and determination makes for a beautiful, successful journey to a smoke free life style with freedom to reap the benefits of happier, healthier life, so continue counting your precious days of freedom, life keeps getting better and better without the crutch of cigarettes. 

Marilyn 572 DOF 

I hope everyone will enjoy this wonderful day that we are fortunate enough to be blessed with whether we're feeling crappy or feeling great, I prefer to put on a smile and pass it along to you and whoever else I may come in contact with , plus being out in public meeting up with friends or even acquaintances and being able to grin and talk and not have to wonder if my breath stinks like an ashtray. Plus our Provincial Budget came down yesterday, everything is going up in price including alcohol and cigarettes which I don't do either anymore thank goodness but a 25 pk of cigarettes went from  $12.50 to  $13.75 for the cheapest generic brand. I know this because my 67 yr old sister in law still smokes and took me out for a Tim Hortons coffee yesterday and bought a pk, yikes on that price. I quit smoking for my health but being able to keep that money in my pocket and not having to give most of it to the government makes me smile, my husband and I rolled our own cigarettes but I'm sure a can of tobacco is super high in price too but I don't care because I don't smoke anymore and that makes me Extremely happy, keep your quits, stay strong and get healthier and keep your hard earned money in your wallets and believe it or not life does get easier the longer you stay quit and one day soon you will find out for yourself that there's life after cigarettes. 

Marilyn 572 DOF and counting 

I don't normally take a nap but I may make an exception today, the power was surging this morning lights flashing and the cordless was beeping, it was eerie in the dark but my husband Mark was already up for work  it was 5 o'clock. The power did go off until a little after 8 but we are very fortunate to have enough solar power to run the water pump which is one third horse power and our well is 115 feet deep plus we have a wood furnace and a wood cook stove and lights hooked up to the deep cell batteries and solar power so I'm thankful that hubby was home to get my coffee and have the house warmed up for me and I'm pleased to be able to flush the flush without power. I was outside at daylight and cleaned off the slush off the cement steps before it freezes because right now we're above 0 but temps are going to drop later on today. Be sure and enjoy another smoke free day my fellow Exers and to anyone having a hard time with your quit, stay strong and keep your mind as well as your hands occupied and stay close to this site because we're all here for you and believe that you will get through these rough days and you will, each day you get through is another day WON. 

Marilyn 570 DOF and counting 

I had a appointment this morning I knew it was going to snow but it wasn't supposed to start until early afternoon. My appointment was at 9:30 but of course I didn't get seen until after 11 and it was snowing really hard with strong winds, I live a half hour from the hospital and the dual highway was nothing but a blanket of white. All I can say is I am EXtremely thankful that I am an Ex smoker because I would have chain smoked the whole way home and most likely given myself a splitting headache I have learned how to deal with lifes stressers without the crutch of cigarettes, I smile because I never thought after 40 yrs of smoking I could ever quit but with the help of the people on this site and having a health scare finding out that I have copd was enough to scare me into quitting because my health and family, especially my grandchildren were and are so much more important than a disgusting cigarette, Believe in yourself, stay strong, determined and totally committed. we must always remain vigilant and protect our precious quits while enjoying our precious new found freedom. 

Marilyn 

Another Hump Day and another smoke free day for all of us Exers, we must always remain vigilant and protect our precious quits, it's definitely difficult in the first few weeks and even the first couple of months but it's so worth it and definitely doable. I kept telling myself in the beginning that I smoked for 40 yrs so of course it was bound to be a hair pulling EXperience getting through to a better place, I read Dales page concerning the first 4 months of our quits at least 4 times maybe even 5 but I know that helped me immensely plus I blogged when I thought I'd yank my hair out. Read Dales page : jonescarps aka dales page because it's a huge help and support. I have an appointment in less than an hour so I need to get ready . Stay strong in your quits my fellow Exers because once you realize there's life after cigarettes and the freedom you have of going anywhere and everyone without needing to hide in a corner somewhere outside to suck on a killer cigarette is super fantastic. 

Marilyn 569 DOF and counting 

I wish everyone a another day of freedom from the dreaded nicotine poison, life does keep getting better and better without the crutch of cigarettes but in order to reap the benefits of your quit, you must be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed. It takes time to get through the roller coaster ups and downs of withdrawals and mood swings but you must believe in yourself and keep moving forward because quitting is doable and remaining quit is also doable, it's not easy but it's absolutely worth everything we have to go through to get to that good place. In the first few weeks of my quit I could've ripped your face off if you looked at me the wrong way and I would blatt like a baby over nothing, I didn't have much company because no one wanted to be around me, hee, hee, that's something to think about if you don't want company, act like a crazy person but seriously it was terrible but I knew that I would get through it and thank goodness for everyone on this site that helped me get to this good place but we always need to be vigilant in our precious quits and protect it each and every day while enjoying our new found freedom because anything and everything we go through to be an EX SMOKER is worth it so stay strong and hang tough. 

Marilyn 568 DOF and counting 

Let's choose to have a good day and be positive even if we'd rather be negative because as the old saying goes it takes just as many muscles to frown so let's turn that frown upside down and put on a positive attitude and enjoy this beautiful day that we are blessed with. It's another mild morning and the only downside is the air pressure is very low, my grandmother used to say  old Arthurs at it again. Arthritis is a pain in the butt, so I choose to have the best day possible and enjoy the day, quitting smoking is a pain in the butt too in the first few weeks of quitting but it's absolutely worth all of the withdrawals and cravings and as far as a downside of quitting  I can't think of a single thing because  once you get through the roller coaster ups and downs  and you make it through to that good place in your quit, you will realize that there's life after cigarettes and it's wonderful so stay strong, hang tough and believe you can succeed and you will. 

Marilyn 567 DOF